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DIGITAL ILLITERACY HIT WOMEN MORE THAN MEN

Within the 70% of the world population with no access to the internet, the majority is represented by women. In the south of the world, online women present a 25% lower number than men and goes up to 45% in sub-Saharan Africa.

The UNESCO asserts that empowering women with access to the internet, and the basic technical skills required to use it, will result in cultural, social and economic benefits; indeed, promoting digital literacy granting access to information has to be considered as a necessary life skills that will allow to elevate families, communities and whole nations.

According to Plan UK - a global children’s charity - a woman’s income increases up to 20% thanks to a single extra year of education; furthermore, fighting digital illiteracy means supporting democracy by giving people, especially women, the tools to raise their voice and stand for their rights.

Pursuing this direction, copious initiatives are sprouting such as the Women’s Annex Foundation and the She Will Connect project by Intel which are committed to close the  technology divide for millions of women around the globe.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Friday, 8 August 2014

(Source: The New Zealand Herald)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.